Stuart NEWALL + Georgina ROBERTS - Cambridge, Waikato
Stuart NEWALL (baptised as Stewart)
Stuart was born in the parish of Durrisdeer, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, on 9 May 1843, the son of Thomas Newall, a tailor, and his wife, Anne DALZIEL
he emigrated to Australia, and after a brief sojourn in Victoria arrived in Port Chalmers, New Zealand, in May of the same year. Newall spent a few months unsuccessfully seeking gold on the West Taieri diggings, then he enlisted in the 3rd Waikato Militia 2 December 1863 in Dunedin after goldmining in Otago. His Regiment Number was 1050. Stuart was appointed Colour Sergeant in July 1864 and Regimental Orderly Room Clerk in 1865, and in 1866 he became a member of the Alpha Waikato Lodge No.449, I.C. in Cambridge.
He acted as Post Master with the regiment - his house being used as the post office and for Mass for the Catholics on Sundays. The outlook was a fern-covered wilderness.
On the Cambridge rates assessment list for 1869-70 he paid 2 pence an acre on 51 acres - totalling eight shillings and sixpence.
On the disbandment of the 3rd Waikato Regiment, Sergeant Newall joined the Armed Constabulary. He took part in the West Coast campaign and Waitera on the East coast and in the Uruweras. He received his commission as Sub Inspector in June 1869. For about a year he was in charge of an Armed Constabulary party at the Ohinemuri goldfields making tracks and roads.
He married Georgina Roberts 12 March 1872 at Major Clare's residence in Cambridge (the younger sister of his close friend and fellow officer, John Roberts. Their happy marriage produced four daughters and a son before Georgina Newall's death on 22 June 1908.)
They had 5 children - Jessie Georgina died aged one year in 1879 and is buried at the Cambridge cemetery.
Stuart rose in the service, doing police work and exploring and supervising the construction of roads, until he became a Colonel.
He transferred to the Defence Force in 1883 and in 1900 took command of the 5th New Zealand Contingent, serving in South Africa. On his return he received the Distinguished Service Order, as recognition of his long and meritorious services to the colony.
the children of Stuart & Georgina were:
1873 - Mary Dalziell Newall
- nothing known of Mary
1876 - Stuart George Newall
- nothing known of Stuart
1878 - 1879 Jessie Georgina Newall
- Jessie died in 1879 aged 12 months
1881 - Nena Nithsdale Newall
- nothing known of Nena/Nina
1883 - Annie MacKintosh Newall
- Annie married David Kennedy PICKEN in 1911
another biography for: Stuart Newall who died 3 August 1919 aged 76 at his daughter's residence in Waihi and buried at Karori Welington, Area 8, Block B, Row 5, Plot 16
Georgina Newall died in 1908 aged 64
Colonel Stuart Newall served in the New Zealand Wars and the South African War
For his services in South Africa Newall was:
* New Zealand War Medal in 1871
* mentioned in dispatches
* Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) in 1901
* Queen's South Africa Medal (Cape Colony, Rhodesia and Transvaal Clasps)
* 2 December 1863: Private, 3rd Waikato Militia Regiment
* June 1864: Colour Sergeant, 3rd Waikato Militia Regiment
* November 1865, Staff Sergeant, 3rd Waikato Militia Regiment
* 10 March 1868: Sergeant, Armed Constabulary, 4th Division
* 10 June 1869, Acting Sub-Inspector, Armed Constabulary, 4th Division
* 13 march 1869, action at Otautu
* May 1869 action at Ahikireru; Urewera Campaign
* January - February 1870: Ta Papa (Tauranga) campaign
* 17 August 1874: Captain, New Zealand Militia
* March 1875-June 1879: Officer Commanding the Armed Constabulary
* 5 November 1881: Parihaka expedition - arresting officer
* 1 January 1883: New Zealand Permanent Staff: Adjutant, Canterbury Volunteers District
* 21 April 1885: Major,Canterbury Volunteers District
* 18 January 1891: Lieutenant Colonel, Canterbury Volunteers District
* April 1891 : Officer Commanding Wellington, Wairarapa, Taranaki, Whanganui Military District
* May 1898: Rawene, Waima expedition
* March - December 1900: Officer Commanding 5 Contingent, New Zealand Mounted Rifles
* 1901: Officer Commanding Wellington Military District
* January 1902: Brevet Colonel
* 1903: Retired (after 40 years service)
* October - December 1913: commanded Mounted Special Constables, Wellington during Maritime strike
* 1915, December to 1 June 1918: Commandant of King George V Hospital, Rotorua
Served during New Zealand Wars, Sub-Inspector, Armed Constabulary; commanded Wanganui, Taranaki and Wellington districts. Commanded 5th Contingent on S.S. Waimate. Returned to New Zealand 13 December 1900.